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Remembering Randy

18 12 2017

The news was a shocker when it came down earlier this month.

Randy Franklin had passed away.

I met Randy at the 4130 Sin Series in Vegas back in 2011.

I’m not sure how we got to talking but it seemed like we were like old friends right from the get-go.

I would run into Randy at subsequent Vegas rides and it would be the same thing…we would pick up like old friends….ribbing each other, laughing, just having a good time.

It seems like every picture I have of those rides, Randy has his arm slung around my shoulder.

He was definitely one of the guys I would hope to run into when I was in Vegas for those rides.

The news of his passing hit me hard.

I keep telling myself that I’m not going to be sad that he’s gone…but to celebrate the times I got to ride and hang out with him.

Even still, I’m still pretty bummed about it.

I guess all I can say is:

It was good to know you brother.

Rest in peace.

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Countdown to Interbike

5 09 2013

It’s September and that means,  in addition to the classic Earth, Wind & Fire song, “September” constantly playing in my head, the bicycle industry’s annual show ‘n’ tell called Interbike is just mere weeks away.

Like in years past, I’ll be cruising the aisles of Interbike checking out what’s new and happening in cruisers and bigger-wheeled BMX bikes.

Last year, some new complete bikes debuted that really caught my attention.

Bikes like the Stolen Saint XLT

and the DK Elite Series Cruiser really stood out.

But walking the tradeshow floor is only part of the comprehensive investigation this hard-working BMX journalist will be providing.

In 2012, I went out and pounded the pavement to see if I could find the information that you just couldn’t find in the kiosks at the show.

That desire to get the inside story took me to one of the pools on the Strip where Maxim magazine’s Hometown Hotties were holding court.

It was there that I heard that the 2013 models would be bigger in the front and have tighter back ends.

Who knew you would learn about chain-stay length at a Vegas Pool?

Hometown Hotties and Cruiser Revolution

Of course, it’s  important to get the local perspective on things.

And there is no better place to do that than at the annual 4130 Sin Series ride (scheduled to go down on the Friday of Interbike Week this year).

Rolling with good peeps, like Vegas locals Mike Leonard and Chris Fox (pictured below with me (Ed) after the ride…thanks again for lending me a bike Chris!)

Chris Fox and Ed 4130 Sin Series

…and catching up with out-of-town visitors like Randy Franklin, this is the event that brings it all home.

Even though I’m excited to see what the bike industry has cooked up for 2014, it’s important to remember that bike riding is still all about getting together with your friends and having fun…and that’s what the 4130 Sin Series ride is all about.

Looking forward to some good times in Vegas.





4130 Subway Series hits the 3-year mark

12 01 2013

Three years already…Wow.

The world famous 4130 Subway Series ride celebrates its 3-year anniversary tonight.

4130 3-year anniversary patch

The 4130 Subway Series is pure BMX and that’s been the secret of its success.  Looking back at a CR post talking about it in 2010, nothing’s changed:

….cruising the neighborhood with friends.

Nothing quite replaces the joy of roaming the streets, hitting spots and feeling free as you roll along on your bike.

The 4130 Club has captured all those things in their monthly rides.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a street rider, a racer, old school or new school…all are welcome and the positive vibe is contagious.

4130 sin city ride with Randy Franklin

(Randy Franklin and me (Ed) all smiles at the 4130 Sin City Ride).

That being said, I’m kicking myself for not being down there with the 4130 Chromies for what I’m sure will be an epic ride.

I’m sure even while I’m typing this, people are already doing the final checks on their bikes and making their way down to the meet-up spot in Hollywood.

4130 3-year anniv. plate & Mayor's ride

The main man behind the 4130 ride,The Mayor of Hollywood will be rolling on his sweet twin top tube Tribute 24, complete with a custom 3-year anniversary plate from Crit. (As you can see, Morty the guard dog will ensure no one messes with it before the ride begins.)

So if you’re riding tonight, be safe and have fun.

If you’re not riding, start thinking about when you can attend a 4130 ride in the future. This a must-do for any BMXer!

For more on the 4130 Subway Series, check out 4130 Subway Series is pure BMX and 4130subwayseries.com.